In today's National Journal Daily (subscriber), we take a look ahead to Thursday's Utah Republican precinct caucuses in Utah -- a major test for Sen. Orrin Hatch's reelection prospects:
FreedomWorks Vice President Russ Walker says the group has pushed a two-pronged campaign against Hatch, focusing on recruiting delegates as well as educating caucus-goers through meetings, mailings, and TV and radio spots.
By March 15, FreedomWorks will have sent out eight or nine mailings and held about 36 public town meetings, Walker said. In terms of the recruitment program, "I've been told by people in Utah that nobody's ever quite done what we've done, with the exception of maybe Hatch," he said.
Kirk Jowers, the director of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations, said Liljenquist's efforts can't be compared to Hatch's. "It's kind of like saying, 'Has [Rick] Santorum been doing the same work that Romney has?' " Jowers said.